Policy and Research

Bina Desai

Head of Department


Bina is responsible for heading IDMC's team of senior advisors and researchers, working closely with the Data & Analysis and Communications teams, as well as the NRC family on displacement-related policy and evidence building.

Bina holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, and has a strong background in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation, international agricultural development, development economics and social theory of knowledge. She has worked for the German Ministry for Development, the Aga Khan Development Network, Christian Aid and UNISDR. Since 2010, she has served as UNISDR’s Policy and Research Coordinator and has co-authored and led the production of the organisation's Global Assessment Reports (GARs) since 2011. 

+41 22 552 3613
+41 79 381 7449
bina.desai@idmc.ch